Midwives on the front lines working to reverse Afghanistan’s high maternal death rate

SHAHRISTAN, Afghanistan – “It was midnight on 6 August when there was a loud knocking at my front door. My husband answered. A person stood in the dark, asking for my help. “A baby was being born,” Shirin described to UNFPA. It was the start of Shirin’s greatest challenge…

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Reproductive health centers resume life-saving services in Yemen, but funding remains scarce

SANA’A, Yemen – In mid-May, just as the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Yemen. But, funding for UNFPA’s life-saving reproductive health services dried up. Lack of funds forced UNFPA to suspend reproductive health care in 140 out of 180 health facilities. The consequences have been catastrophic, particularly for pregnant women…

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The Recent History of U.S. Funding for UNFPA

More than 50 years ago, the United States was a driving force behind the creation of UNFPA, the United Nations reproductive health and rights agency. For decades, the U.S. was one of the largest contributors to UNFPA programs that help women have healthy pregnancies and safe births, enable couples…

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What we learn by listening to girls

UNITED NATIONS, New York – On the International Day of the Girl Child, UNFPA, activists, and organizations around the world shine a spotlight on the rights, needs,  vulnerabilities, contributions, and potential of girls everywhere. The theme for the day is “My Voice, Our Equal Future”. Girls’ voices are often…

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Three things you need to know about contraceptives and COVID-19

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Six decades ago, the first oral contraceptive pill was introduced. Oral contraceptives – and other modern, reliable family planning supplies – have since been globally recognized as essential medicines. Family planning supplies empower women and girls to take ownership of their health and futures. Further,…

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Friends of UNFPA Mourns the Passing of Founding Board Member Mary D. Lindsay

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Position Available – Social Media Associate

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A lifetime -and a legacy- of advocacy

“Together, we can improve the world long after we’re here to see it.” Mary Lindsay, one of Friends of UNFPA’s co-founders, on why she has named Friends of UNFPA in her will and encourages her fellow supporters to do the same. Mary Lindsay spent nearly five decades championing…

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Your Impact: Female genital mutilation outlawed in Sudan!

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the piercing, cutting, removing, or sewing closed of a girl’s external genitalia for no medical reason. Women who’ve been subjected to FGM are at risk of a lifetime of physical and emotional pain. Although internationally condemned, FGM persists. In many countries, FGM is…

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ASK AN EXPERT: Sarah Craven, Director of UNFPA’s Washington, D.C. Office

Sarah and her team demonstrate to members of Congress and other change-makers how UNFPA empowers women and girls to live with health, dignity, and opportunity. She recently answered questions about the impact of the U.S. government’s refusal to support UNFPA. What is one example of how the United…

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